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Eclectic Cast Lined Up for Robert Rodriguez Comedy

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May 30, 2008 | 4:09am EDT

Jon Cryer, William H. MacyLeslie Mann and James Spader will star in Robert Rodriguez's upcoming family comedy adventure Shorts. The film, written by Rodriguez, is set to shoot in Austin, Texas, report today’s trades.

The story is set in a fictional suburb where all the houses look the same and everyone works for Black Box, the manufacturer of the ultimate communication and do-it-all gadget.

When a young boy discovers a rainbow-colored rock that grants wishes to anyone who holds it, it causes havoc amongst the kids before turning up several notches when adults get their hands on it.

Cryer and Mann play the boy's parents while Kat Dennings is the boy's older sister. Spader is Mr. Black and Macy is the father of a germ-phobic genius.

The movie marks a big screen studio feature return for Cryer who has spent most of career in television after making a name for himself in movies like Pretty in Pink. He co-starred with Spader in Pink who has also made a name for himself on TV with his Emmy-winning turn in Boston Legal.

Cryer also recently joined the cast of the comedy Stay Cool with Winona RyderSean Astin and Chevy Chase while Macy recently finished Lonely Maiden with Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken.

Rodriguez has easily moved back and forth between action and genre films (Sin City, Planet Terror, Desperado) and family flicks (the Spy Kids films, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D).

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